Thursday, February 4, 2010

I Need A Job

Ah, gentle readers, your MatchGirl is in quite a quandry.

My unemployment will run out sometime this Spring (it looks like April, but these things are so confusing, and, as unemployment continues to grow, who knows if they will add another extension - it is an election year, after all!).  When it does, I will have been out of the 9-5 grind for a year and a half.  A long time.

That's not to say that I haven't been working.  No.  In this past (over a) year, your MatchGirl has been working her little bum off.  I have been networking.  I have been sending out resumes.  I have revamped my resume and I have written hundreds of cover letters.  I have started two blogs - both of which have gotten quite a bit of (positive) attention from the media (local and international).  I have organized meet-ups for other unemployed people, so that they can come together and relax and share a drink with people in their same boat.  I have become a co-founder of Work It Brooklyn (taking that networking idea to the next level).  Yet, I am still unemployed.

I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do for employment and, though I truly need a job (and soon), I still look at postings with a critical eye.  Sure, my main want for employment is to work for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (and idea cemented after spending a day working with her team), but they're not hiring.  So I am looking for a job.  And, while I don't want just any job, I am open to ideas.  I am open to suggestions.  I am open to someone sharing my LinkedIn page with someone they know somewhere, because I am just not sure how to turn the other things I have been doing into something that can sustain me financially. 

Who out there is looking to hire a smart, talented and hard-working woman?  A creative girl with a great sense of organization and personal style?  Someone who gives her all to everything she does?

Cos, seriously, I need a job.


  1. Hi!

    Depending on when you were laid off, your unemployment insurance should last through Thanksgiving, roughly. I was laid off in mid-October of 2008, my initial 26 weeks expired at the beginning of May 2009, and the additional weeks that have been approved up to this point go through the ballpark of Thanksgiving (I think it's 73 after the initial 26). Mine will actually go a little longer because I took a 6-week break for a temp job and still have that money left to tap into.

    - Unemployed in New Rochelle

  2. it's not a particularly fun road to go down, but if you have some extra HTML/web skills you can troll CL for website gigs. they pay a little better than flipping burgers, if you have the patience to sort out web code. many older adults don't know/aren't willing to learn computers, so even the basic skill set that young adults have is usually pretty well in demand ("social network manager" = you can use facebook, right?)
    anyway, it's not my dream job, but it's paid the bills now and again.

  3. Im wondering the same thing . My last extension ends in April and im super stressed. I can't find anything at the moment. What am I going to do if they don't extend it again ?